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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

A sneak peek into engineering at UVa

It's no secret that I have a soft spot for engineers.  My personal believe is that there is no right way or wrong way to teach or learn engineering.  There are many, many schools out there that are preparing engineers for success in different ways.  I think the job of the prospective students is to figure out the style that works best for the type of learner they are.

I usually describe UVa's School of Engineering as being rounded.  Its common to encounter engineering students are are also studying business or economics or the humanities here.  While they'd be excellent cogs in the wheel at any company, they often seem poised for leadership, too.

I thought I'd share a few videos that the School of Engineering recently posted to Youtube.  Even if engineering isn't your thing, I think these are pretty interesting...


Though my allegiances lie elsewhere, this video from the graduate who works for the New York Yankees is especially cool!





Here's a current student, who started a company with two friends, talking about entrepreneurship:




Dean Ed Berger taught a class aboard the Semester at Sea ship about the Panama Canal.  Here's a video about a trip to the canal that he made with students:



More soon!

Any future engineers out there?  What areas of engineering interest you?